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Marquee Wedding in Cornwall

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Michelle and Colm's vintage-pretty marquee wedding in Cornwall

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In the midst of the wet, cold and windy February of 2011, Michelle decided she would resign that summer and apply for a visa to work in Australia."I had always had a desire to live in Australia. I just always felt like there was something pulling me there," she explains.

On starting her new job in Sydney, Michelle started looking for a room to rent. "After viewing a number of awful rooms I came across an ad for a room overlooking the beach. It looked amazing," she explains. "I arranged a viewing, knocked on the door and Colm answered. We connected immediately."

After Colm's dreamily romantic proposal on Palm Beach, Michelle's favourite beach where 'Home and Away' is filmed, planning began for a wedding back at home, starting with a ceremony at St Piran's Church, Perranzabuloe followed by a marquee reception in her parent's field near Goonhavern.

Neutral tones and pastel shades gave the day a pretty, vintage look. "I made the Ball mason jar centrepieces. I painted these and they formed the main pastel theme for the marquee," explains Michelle. Gorgeous arrangements of flowers in muted colours, touches of hessian and a carnival of Chinese lanterns added a romantic aesthetic.

Michelle's dreamy gown - a vision of lace and tulle - slotted perfectly into the picture. Flanked by bridesmaids dressed in blush pink, she made her arrival at the church in Treverbyn Cars' elegant 1930s' style Beauford.

"Seeing Michelle walk down the aisle," comprises Colm's favourite moment of the day. For Michelle, it was those special moments in their vintage wedding car after the vows: "I loved driving to Perranporth beach together after the ceremony," she reflects.

After photos on the sands, the newly-weds moved onto their marquee reception, where an array of canapes preceded a wedding feast brimming with seasonal, local flavours including the delicious likes of spinach, asparagus and Cornish Yarg puff pastry tart, Cornish sea bass, breast of chicken with buffalo mozzarella and a trio of summer desserts.

A DJ kicked off the evening shenanigans, which saw Irish band Emerald go down a treat with revellers.

Michelle has plenty of practical advice for couples embarking on the planning process. "Get the big things booked in early such as the church, the reception and the photographer," she advises. "Buy an online seating program. We used 'Tablerr' - there can be many changes so being able to edit it easily at the click of a button is great!"

She also advocates a wedding rehearsal. "Don't underestimate the importance of the rehearsal," she urges. "And plan a good playlist for the morning preparations!"

Photography Khalile Siddiqui
Venue St Piran's Church followed by marquee reception
Marquee Absolute Canvas
Catering The Round Kitchen
Dress Pronovias from Marry Me Bridal
Hair Sarah Louise
Make-up Tamsyn Siddiqui
Flowers Fleurtations
Transport Treverbyn Cars
Entertainment Emerald

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